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Portsmouth Beach Soccer Club make it to Quarter Finals of Euro Winners Cup

Published: 1 Jun 2017

Two wins from two have made them the first side to qualify for the next stage of the competition

The Hampshire side beat Spanish side CD Bala Azul 4-3 in their opening game thanks on 30th May thanks to a hat trick from Molly Clark before a 5-2 win against Italian side ASD Lady Terracina.

With maximum points from their first two games they are the first side to confirm their place in the next round, and they await more results before finding out who they will be facing with the draw commencing at 8pm tonight.

The tournament is taking place in Nazare, Portugal and runs alongside the men’s competition. Portsmouth’s ladies side having a fantastic start to the tournament however the men’s team were knocked out in the preliminary rounds, losing 15-4 to Polish side KP Lodz.

Spirits are high in the Portsmouth ladies camp and they seem to be enjoying their time in Portugal.

Lucy Quinn was unable to make the trip to Portugal as she is currently representing Yeovil Ladies' in the FA Women's Superleague's Spring Series. 

Quinn scored for Yeovil in their 5-1 defeat to Manchester City and has previously praised Beach Soccer for enhancing her grass game.

“I can’t deny that my touch the way I chest the ball, how I header the ball has all come on leaps and bounds” said Quinn.

"In a dream world I'd love to be able to dedicate enough time to them equally."

Portsmouth Ladies' Beach Soccer coach Perry Northeast also believes that the sport can enhance a player's grass football technique.

Northeast said: “100%, I think playing beach soccer improves your grass game, fundamentally it makes you fitter, gives you a better anaerobic threshold.

“I think it allows you to relax more on the ball. The fact that in a sand situation you’re under a lot more pressure on a smaller pitch you can transition that onto the grass.”

To hear more from Lucy Quinn and Perry Northeast, listen to our radio documentary on Beach Soccer HERE:

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